…Buni Exco Cancels Thursday’s NEC Meeting… Like a cat with nine lives, Governor Mai Buni, bounced back to his position as Chairman Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee of the All Progressives Congress, courtesy of a fresh directive by President Muhammadu Buhari, who initially ordered his removal and replacement. Governor Mai Buni, who was away in
…Buni Exco Cancels Thursday’s NEC Meeting…
Like a cat with nine lives, Governor Mai Buni, bounced back to his position as Chairman Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee of the All Progressives Congress, courtesy of a fresh directive by President Muhammadu Buhari, who initially ordered his removal and replacement.
Governor Mai Buni, who was away in Dubai on medical checkup, when he was removed, proceeded to London on Wednesday went to London to converse with the President and after their meeting had a last laugh. Buhari’s reinstatement of Buni will no doubt jolt his 19 Governor-colleagues who had collectively called for his removal according to Governor El Rufai of Kaduna state, who said “Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe State can never return as Chairman of the Caretaker Committee of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC)
Speaking on Channels Television’s Politics Today, El-Rufa’i said Governor Buni, who is currently out of the country, can only return as governor of Yobe, but not as chairman of the ruling party.
But with the latest directives from the President, Governor Mai Buni will return triumphantly to take over the affairs of the APC and sustain the momentum to hold the national convention slated for March 26, in Abuja. It is expected that Governor Abubakar Sani Bello who was drafted to replace Governor Buni would now step aside in order to have a smooth coordination of all activities leading to the convention.
In a letter Governor Atiku Bagudu, chairman progressive governor’s forum (PGF), President Buhari said the Buni-led caretaker committee should be allowed to proceed with all necessary preparations to hold the national convention of the party scheduled to hold on March 26.
The letter dated March 16 and copied to the acting chairman caretaker committee of the party, Governor Abubakar Bello of Niger state, the secretary to the government of the federation (SGF), the DG SSS, the IGP of police, President Buhari explained that he had to intervene to save the party from electoral defeat in the 2023 poll.
The President’s letter reads: “As you are, no doubt aware, the All Progressives Congress, APC, is currently facing a litany of controversies and some level of uncertainties that may ultimately question its status and affect the status and feasibility of its proposed National Convention.
“In addition, it has come to my attention that, because of recent events, the APC is faced with a multiplicity of court cases pending against it in various courts across the country. As a result of this, the party faces the possibility and prospect of the invalidation of all its activities and actions by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
“Furthermore, the party has demonstrated its inability to proceed with the issue of effecting change in the leadership of its Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Committee (CECC), in a way that is inclusive, legal and respectful of the time limit set and required for giving the INEC sufficient notice of the time and venue for holding its convention.
“No doubt, these controversies and uncertainties, as enumerated above, pose a real threat to the party; and may lead to a possible non-recognition of its activities, elections and the probable invalidation of all its other actions by INEC. This, may ultimately even lead to its implosion and non-existence.
“There is, therefore, an urgent need for the party to, as much as possible, avoid all controversies, litigations and all other necessary distractions and quickly get its acts together.
“In view of the foregoing, therefore, I would like now to direct as follows: First, the issue of the leadership of the Caretaker Extra Ordinary Convention Committee (CECC), should immediately return to status quo ante; Second, all members of the Governor’s Forum and their followers should desist from any behaviour or utterance that will likely lead to disunity in the ranks of the party, and ultimately jeopardize the transition to the convention.”
Governor Buni’s CECPC may have been saved by INEC’s rejection of a letter signed by Governor Sani Bello as well as the Electoral Commission’s subsequent refusal to recognize the change of guard at the APC citing relevant sections of the Electoral Act.
Swinging back to action immediately, the newly restored Governor Buni-led CECPC has cancelled the National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting scheduled for Thursday in Abuja.
Senator John James Akpanudoedehe, Secretary of the Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee, made the announcement on Wednesday night in a statement.
The statement reads in part; “As directed by the National Chairman of the APC, Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning (CECPC) and Governor of Yobe State, H.E. Mai Mala Buni, a purported emergency meeting of the Party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) slated for Thursday, March 17, 2022 is hereby cancelled.”
Several chieftains of the APC have already arrived Abuja for the NEC meeting. And, no new date has been given for the NEC meeting. It will most likely hold when the President returns to the country next week. The President is expected to play the role of a stabilizing factor between the warring tendencies and groups in the Party.